The first of two scheduled women's super-G races at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine Ski World Cup event in St Moritz in Switzerland has been cancelled due to heavy snowfall.
The FIS and local organisers made the decision this morning, following prolonged snowfall overnight.
It is hoped that a second super-G contest, timetabled for tomorrow, will still be able to go ahead.
Slovakia's Petra Vlhová has won the past three World Cup races and is one of the favourites should racing be staged tomorrow.
Home skier Corinne Suter, who topped the overall super-G standings last season, is another widely-tipped contender.
🚨BREAKING: due to heavy snowfall and strong wind, today @stmoritz_ch women’s super-G has been cancelled. All efforts are now focused on tomorrow’s race hoping for better weather conditions. #fisalpine pic.twitter.com/Y83uFjI4vu— FIS Alpine (@fisalpine) December 5, 2020
The United States' Mikaela Shiffrin is not set to compete this weekend as she is reportedly focusing on her preferred disciplines of slalom and giant slalom in the early part of the 2020-2021 season.
Italy's Sofia Goggia won the super-G in St Moritz last season and could also be one of the main contenders if tomorrow's race goes ahead.
A men's giant slalom doubleheader this weekend was moved from Val d'Isère in France to Santa Caterina in Italy due to a lack of snow, and racing was able to go ahead today despite constant snowfall.